There are many reasons for wanting a combined dvd-receiver: 1. You only need one surround decoder, not two. 2. If a new reciever use digital domain amplification, like the new sony models, you dont need an expensive dac in the dvd player, the one used in the amplifier is enough. 3. The next big thing is the i-link, but it is only found in expensive top of the range models, because the signal needs to be encrypted - which is probably expensive. If the dvdplayer and reciever were integrated you could eliminate this problem., because you dont need a direct digital output. 4. you could also eliminate tons of input/outputs on the backside, we only really need digital output for picture, as well as a couple of analog inputs - not forgetting the speaker outputs. 5. maybe throw in a dab tuner to make it an all digital system. I am not talking about the existing Home-Theater-in-a-Box solutions, but the future of high-end home theater. Of course there are also disadvantages, like for example space problems, but to counter this, you could just have an external power supply. I think that the combined dvd-reciever solution could save us a lot of money, what is your opinion?